Common Cause president and CEO Chellie Pingree discusses the excessive role of money and private fundraising in American politics and her organization's efforts to clean this up. Topics: politics, money, elections
Opening tease for Episode 134 featuring Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Bob Borosage of the Campaign for America's Future; Mike Podhorzer of the AF-CIO; poet Angie Chuang; book reviewer Reben Jackson; and musci by BluesWorks. Topics: politics, arts, music, poetry
Billboard for the April 2008 edition of THE COFFEE HOUSE: While public attention is focused on the presidential race, the political parties and independent advocacy groups â 527s â are gearing up for a battle over control of Congress. The Democrats reclaimed control of both chambers in 2006 and hope to build on their margin in 2008. We chat with the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD 8th Dist.), about his partyâs prospects in November. The... Topics: politics, elections, greenwashing, Nationals Park, poetry, music, photography
Torture and Prosecutorial Discretion As former President George W. Bush once noted, torture is illegal. Thatâs true under both international and US law. So those who order or engage in torture are, objectively speaking, criminals. The International Committee of the Red Cross found that the Bush administration tortured terrorism detainees to wring information out of them. President Obama ordered a halt to these practices. But will the US government hold the Bush administration accountable? If... Topics: torture, labor law, politics, Maryland, Blues, poetry, photography
The groundwork for the Obama znd Democratic victory was being sown for years by progressives who bucked the conservative tide. Robert Borosage of the Campaign for America's Future helped shape a political agenda that may be realized in a new progressive era. He talks about the significance of Obama, the changing electorate, prospects for fundamental change, and the role of advocates in backing the Obama administration when it is in the right and pressuring it when it is not. (Host: Mark Cohen) Topics: politics, Obama, electoratel progressives
Although its efforts fell short of electing John Kerry, organized labor succeeded in mobilizing its members to vote in numbers disproportionate to non-union voters, according to David Boundy, AFL-CIO Deputy Political Director. Topics: labor, elections, politics
Here's what's on in May: A special half-hour interview with former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening. With hotly contested races for governor, US Senate and other offices this year in Maryland, we check in with the prior governor for a discussion about who the strongest candidates are and who would make the best office holders. Glendening sizes up Doug Duncan, Martin OÃÂMalley, Ben Cardin, Kweisi Mfume, Michael Steele and others. Since leaving office, Glendening has been serving as... Topics: politics, music, poetry, film
"Joe the Plumber" represented blue-collar America in John McCain's and the media's depiction of the 2008 electorate. But Mike Podhorzer, deputy political director of the AFL-CIO has crunched the numbers and, it seems, the unionized working class voted overwhelmingly for Obama-Biden. We'll hear organized labor's made the case for the Democratic ticket. (Host: Fred Feinstein) Topics: labor, politics, 2008 elections, Obama
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee whose efforts helped Democrats pick up another 22-plus seats in the 2008 elections, solifying their majority. Here, Van Hollen addresses the 2008 campaign, his role in the Democratic leadership, and energy and climate change policy in the Obama administration and on Capitol Hill. (Host: Mike Tidwell) Topics: politics, Obama, Congress, climate change, energy
With hotly contested races for governor, US Senate and other offices this year in Maryland, we check in with the prior governor, Parris Glendening, for an extended discussion about who the strongest candidates are and who would make the best office holders. Glendening sizes up Doug Duncan, Martin OMalley, Ben Cardin, Kweisi Mfume, Michael Steele and others. Since leaving office, Glendening has been serving as president of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute. So we talk about sprawl and the... Topics: Maryland, politics, environment, gay marriage, immigration, mmusic, poetry, film, documentary
This month in The Coffee House: The American electoral system is drowning under the weight of big money interests, contends Common Cause president and CEO Chellie Pingree, who offers a short-list agenda to revitalize democracy in America… Speaking of drowning, not only will there be another Katrina, argues author Mike Tidwell in The Ravaging Tide, the next great hurricane could well submerge the Baltimore-DC area… It comes down to, what is a "supervisor"? The rights of some eight... Topics: politics, electoral, reform, climate, Katrina, labor, NLRB, poetry, music, fiddle
(1) Interview with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) about the National Intelligence Estimate, interrogation of terrorism suspects, and the prospects for a change in which party controls Congress in November. (2) Pulitzer nominee Edwin Black on his explosive, new investigative book, INTERNAL COMBUSTION, detailing the scandalous history of how gasoline-motored cars displaced electric cars a century ago. (3) Word/Dance/Theater founder and president Cynthia Word on rethinking Isadora Duncan and modern... Topics: politics, Congress, elections, automobile, gasoline, electric cars, dance, modern
Gov. Ehrlich's Election Year Budget After successive years of spending cuts, and threatening further cuts unless the General Assembly supports the introduction of slot machines into Maryland, Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich now comes bearing gifts, proposing the largest state spending increases in a generation (and without having slots as a revenue source). The apparent big winners in the 2007 budget: Corrections officers and higher education. But wait: It's an election year and a good time to... Topics: budget, Maryland, Sojourners, politics, faith, gardening, invasive, native, poetry,...
REP. DONNA EDWARDS ON CORPORATE FREE SPEECH, HEALTH CARE, WALL STREET, OIL SPILLS, IMMIGRATION, AFGHANISTAN AND OBAMA Completing her first full term in Congress, Maryland Democrat Donna Edwards has earned a national reputation and following as someone who does her homework and speaks her mind. She rejoins us to chat about, among other topics, her constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Courtâs recent ruling in Citizens United that corporations enjoy the First Amendment right to... Topics: politics, health care, oil spill, drilling, Afghanistan, immigration, juvenile justice, Vietnam,...